And the Oscar Should Have Gone to…1948

The last year that came up at random for this year’s Oscar season is 1948. My only major criteria is a U.S. release in the year of 1965 for every category, which do not always align with the Oscar’s own eligibility rules. Like my other Oscar year lists, I will list the actual Oscar nominations first with the winner in bold print and a note for any nominated films I haven’t seen, and then my own picks. The picture that comes at the beginning of each category corresponds with my choice for the year’s winner in that category.

Best Picture

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Oscar nominees:

Hamlet

Johnny Belinda

The Red Shoes

The Snake Pit

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

My picks:

10. Johnny Belinda

9. I Remember Mama

8. The Red Shoes

7. Red River

6. The Snake Pit

5. Rope

4. A Foreign Affair

3. Monsieur Vincent

2. Letter from an Unknown Woman

1. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

 

Best Director

John Huston in Mexico
1982
© 1982 Tom Kelley

Oscar nominees:

John Huston, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Anatole Litvak, The Snake Pit

Jean Negulesco, Johnny Belinda

Laurence Olivier, Hamlet

Fred Zinnemann, The Search (Unseen)

My picks:

5. Alfred Hitchcock, Rope

4. Billy Wilder, A Foreign Affair

3. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, The Red Shoes

2. Max Ophüls, Letter from an Unknown Woman

1. John Huston, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

 

 

Best Actor in a Leading Role

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Oscar nominees:

Lew Ayres, Johnny Belinda

Montgomery Clift, The Search (Unseen)

Dan Dailey, When My Baby Smiles at Me (Unseen)

Laurence Olivier, Hamlet

Clifton Webb, Sitting Pretty (Unseen)

My picks:

5. John Wayne, Red River

4. Laurence Olivier, Hamlet

3. John Dall, Rope

2. Pierre Fresnay, Monsieur Vincent

1. Humphrey Bogart, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

 

Best Actress in a Leading Role

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Oscar nominees:

Ingrid Bergman, Joan of Arc

Irene Dunn, I Remember Mama

Olivia de Havilland, The Snake Pit

Barbara Stanwyck, Sorry, Wrong Number (Unseen)

Jane Wyman, Johnny Belinda

My picks:

5. Jean Arthur, A Foreign Affair

4. Jane Wyman, Johnny Belinda

3. Irene Dunn, I Remember Mama

2. Joan Fontaine, Letter from an Unknown Woman

1. Olivia de Havilland, The Snake Pit

 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

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Oscar nominees:

Barbara Bel Geddes, I Remember Mama

Ellen Corby, I Remember Mama

Agnes Moorehead, Johnny Belinda

Jean Simmons, Hamlet

Claire Trevor, Key Largo

My picks:

5. Celeste Holm, The Snake Pit

4. Edith Evanson, Rope

3. Beulah Bondi, The Snake Pit

2. Barbara Bel Geddes, I Remember Mama

1. Marlene Dietrich, A Foreign Affair

 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

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Oscar nominees:

Charles Bickford, Johnny Belinda

José Ferrer, Joan of Arc (Unseen)

Oskar Homloka, I Remember Mama

Walter Huston, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Cecil Kellaway, The Luck of the Irish (Unseen)

My picks:

5. Montgomery Clift, Red River

4. Walter Brennan, Red River

3. Tim Holt, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

2. James Stewart, Rope

1. Walter Huston, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

 

Best Original Screenplay

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Oscar nominees:

Louisiana Story (Unseen)

The Naked City

Red River

The Red Shoes

The Search (Unseen)

My picks:

5. The Naked City

4. Three Godfathers

3. Monsieur Vincent

2. Red River

1. Letter from an Unknown Woman

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

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Oscar nominees:

A Foreign Affair

Johnny Belinda

The Search (Unseen)

The Snake Pit

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

My picks:

5. I Remember Mama

4. Rope

3. The Snake Pit

2. A Foreign Affair

1. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

 

Best Original Song (*My picks for music categories are based on the music I’ve heard I’ve seen the movie or not.*)

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Oscar nominees

“Buttons and Bows” The Paleface

“For Every Man There’s a Woman” Casbah

“It’s Magic” Romance on the High Seas

“This Is the Moment” That Lady in Ermine

“The Woody Woodpecker Song” Wet Blanket Policy

My picks

5. “Buttons and Bows” The Paleface

4. “Black Market” A Foreign Affair

3. “For Every Man There’s a Woman” Casbah

2. “It’s Magic” Romance on the High Seas

1. “The Ruins of Berlin” A Foreign Affair

 

Best Original Film Score

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Oscar nominees:

Brian Easdale, The Red Shoes

Hugo Friedhofer, Joan of Arc

Alfred Newman, The Snake Pit

Max Steiner, Johnny Belinda

William Walton, Hamlet

My Picks:

5. Daniele Amifitheatrof, Letter from an Unknown Woman

4. Miklós Rózsa & Frank Skinner, The Naked City

3. Franz Waxman, Sorry, Wrong Number

2. Alfred Newman, The Snake Pit

1. Max Steiner, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

 

Best Adapted or Song Score

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Oscar nominees:

Johnny Green & Roger Edens, Easter Parade

Lennie Hayton, The Pirate

Ray Heindorf, Romance on the High Seas

Alfred Newman, When My Baby Smiles at Me

Victor Young, The Emperor Waltz

My picks:

5. Victor Young, The Emperor Waltz

4. Lennie Hayton, The Pirate

3. Friederick Hollaender, A Foreign Affair

2. Ray Heindorf, Romance on the High Seas

1. Brian Easdale, The Red Shoes

 

Best Film Editing

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Oscar nominees:

Joan of Arc (Unseen)

Johnny Belinda

The Naked City

Red River

The Red Shoes

My picks:

5. The Red Shoes

4. A Foreign Affair

3. Rope

2. Letter from an Unknown Woman

1. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

 

Best Cinematography

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Oscar nominees (B&W):

A Foreign Affair

I Remember Mama

The Naked City

Johnny Belinda

Portrait of Jennie (Unseen)

Oscar nominees (Color):

Green Grass of Wyoming (Unseen)

Joan of Arc (Unseen)

The Loves of Carmen (Unseen)

The Three Musketeers

My picks:

5. Monsieur Vincent

4. Three Godfathers

3. The Red Shoes

2. Red River

1. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

 

Best Production Design

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Oscar nominees (B&W):

Hamlet

Johnny Belinda

Oscar nominees (Color):

Joan of Arc (Unseen)

The Red Shoes

My picks:

5. Red River

4. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

3. Three Godfathers

2. Hamlet

1. The Red Shoes

 

Best Sound

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Oscar nominees

Johnny Belinda

Moonrise (Unseen)

The Snake Pit

My picks

3. Red River

2. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

1. The Red Shoes

 

Best Special Effects

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Oscar nominees:

Deep Waters (Unseen)

Portrait of Jennie (Unseen)

My picks:

2. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

1. The Red Shoes

 

Best Costume Design

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Oscar nominees (B&W):

Hamlet

B.F.’s Daughter (Unseen)

Oscar nominees (Color):

The Emperor Waltz

Joan of Arc

My picks:

5. The Emperor Waltz

4. A Foreign Affair

3. Letter from an Unknown Woman

2. Monsieur Vincent

1. The Red Shoes

 

Best Makeup & Hairstyling

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Not an Oscar category in 1948; these are my picks only:

3. I Remember Mama

2. The Red Shoes

1. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

 

Best Foreign Language Film

An honorary Oscar in 1948: Monsieur Vincent

My pick: Monsieur Vincent

 

Best Ensemble Cast

Never an Oscar category, but I think it should be so here are my picks:

5. Letter to an Unknown Woman

4. Rope

3. A Foreign Affair

2. The Snake Pit

1. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

 

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